We talked to our members about human rights, after our advocacy supporting the movement for incorporation of the UNCRC in 2018. Over 80 members shared their views including their knowledge of rights and how well protected their human rights are. We developed a report called ‘Navigating the World of Rights’ in December 2020 to help us share members’ views with decision-makers. For example, the #AllOurRights report on the new human rights law in Scotland, and the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership report, which references the barriers to rights faced by Care Experienced people.
We continue to engage with various working groups designed to understand how to incorporate and implement various human rights treaties in Scotland. Such working groups include:
- Scottish Government’s UNCRC Strategic Implementation Board (SIB)
- Scottish Government’s Human Rights Bill Advisory Board
- Scottish Government Human Rights Bill Lived Experience Advisory Group (2 members)
As part of a coalition organised by Liberty, we were part of campaigning to save the Human Rights Act 1998, which succeeded in June 2023 when the UK Government confirmed it will not proceed with the Bill of Rights Bill.
We supported two young people as part of the Together ‘Rights Right Now’ participation project by Together which fed into the SIB above until April 2022, and one young person as part of the ‘Rights Detectives’ project since July.
We have been supporting Jasmin Pilling, a former National Representative Body member, to write, evidence and submit a petition (PE1958) to the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee. The petition received hundreds of signatures of support and aims to bring about lifelong support for Care Experienced people. It is currently being considered by Parliament, and members participated in a roundtable discussion with the Petitions Committee in April 2023.
We are working to make sure the new human rights framework in Scotland recognises Care Experience as a lifelong identity, strengthens independent advocacy provision and ensures that Care Experienced people are protected as an equality group which faces greater barriers in realising their rights.
We submitted evidence to the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child via. Together Scotland, highlighting the right to family life, education, health and participation. This resulted in the Committee making many recommendations to the UK and Scottish governments. Check out what they were in this thread. Our evidence on restraint was also referenced in the report of the Children’s Commissioners of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in November 2022. We also contributed to a Joint Civil Society report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in December 2022.